British motorists are calling for further changes to make the roads fairer by introducing a form of car tax for owners of electric vehicles. Some of them claimed that electric vehicles “always pollute” because the fuel is used to “generate the energy needed by a charger to charge a battery”.
The government unveiled some changes to the car tax on April 1.
This included increasing vehicle excise duties (VED), with drivers incurring higher annual costs.
The company car tax, known as Benefit-in-Kind (BIK), has also changed from 1% to 2% for fully electric vehicles and most petrol and diesel vehicles.
Despite the new changes, several UK motorists believe more could be done.
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“Electric cars have had a free ride claiming to do their part for pollution.”
They added: “In fact, electric cars pollute because the fuel used to generate the energy of a charger to charge a battery will pollute, and thousands of tons of gas, coal or oil will be burned in power stations. electrical.
“Then there’s the pollution cost of building these car batteries, [which is] very high due to the materials they use.
The reader continued: “Why should they get away with not having to pay because they cause as much damage as any vehicle to cause road wear and tear that has to be paid for before you can use them.”
Estimates show the government will lose £28billion in fuel duty each year as well as £7billion in vehicle excise duty (VED).
This is expected to come from the 2030 ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel vehicles, which will have a huge knock-on effect on fuel tax revenues.
Running a car is among the skyrocketing costs in April, with VED – more commonly known as car or road tax – now more expensive for most drivers, MEN reported.
The duty has increased in line with the measure of retail price index inflation, but the increase varies from vehicle to vehicle, depending on their emission levels.
The fee hike is not expected to impact its budget, but the government hopes the change will “encourage the uptake of low-emission vehicles”.
People with more environmentally friendly vehicles face lower increases.
Car tax is zero for cars that emit no carbon dioxide (CO2), while the dirtiest cars “pay upwards of £2,000 on first registration and a flat fee thereafter”.